Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has offered reasons why he will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Abubakar gave the reasons in an interview he granted to an online newspaper, The Boss.
He said Buhari has lost a lot of the goodwill that brought him to power.
So also did he say Buhari has abandoned the vehicle that brought him to power, the All Progressives Congress.
On Buhari, Abubakar said: “I will definitely beat him this time.
“He has wasted a lot of his massive goodwill.
“A lot of people are disgruntled but keeping quiet and lying low.
“Our youths are suffering terribly and now they are being sold into slavery.
“Everyone knows my track record of inviting and attracting a good team and giving them the opportunity to work professionally.
“Nigerians are tired of leaders who cannot think big and work big.”
On the running of the APC by Buhari and why he decided to leave, Abubakar said not even the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, could take any decision without recourse to the President.
He said the convening of meetings of the Board of Trustees and the National Executive Committee became impossible.
He said: “After Buhari won the election, he was no longer interested in the party that made him President.
“Every activity stopped and not even the party Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, could take any decision.
“I called Chief Oyegun a few times to tell him our party was dying slowly but he told me he would not do anything unless he got clearance from the President.
“At a stage, I gathered about 18 prominent members and began to meet in the hope that we can re-energise party activities, but some people lied to the President that I wanted to use the forum to launch my presidential campaign.
“That forum became simply dead on arrival.
“No BOT, no NEC meetings, as stipulated in our Constitution.
“The party became a one-man property.
“Everyone grumbles behind the President’s back, but they are too timid to raise a voice against the illegalities being perpetuated.
“I should be bold enough to know what I want, and can do so at my age, so I decided to leave.”
- The Eagle Online